Oscar Peterson & Joe Pass: Just You, Just Me


Just You, Just Me


Oscar Peterson (piano) and Joe Pass (guitar)


Oscar Peterson et Joe Pass Salle Pleyel (Pablo)

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Oscar Peterson (piano), Joe Pass (guitar).

Composed by Jesse Greer & Raymond Klages


Recorded: Salle Pleyel, Paris, March 17, 1975


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

The School of Velocity is in session, and our teachers are Professor Peterson and Professor Pass. You want to know how fast is fast? Well, you could time that bullet train in Japan. Or you could dig up some footage of Nolan Ryan's no-hitters. Here's a better idea: check out this live recording from Salle Pleyel. Horowitz played under this roof. Rubinstein did too. They had fast fingers, but could they swing hard and get all the syncopations just right at 400 beats per minute with the same relentless energy that this duo brings to their craft? Our esteemed pianist pulls out all the stops here, and demonstrates some breathtaking two-handed work that you rarely heard on his trio recordings. Any normal guitarist would back off in the face of this bravura keyboard work. But Pass never backed down from a race, and he keeps up the pace all the way to the finish line. You have to smile when you hear those final exchanges between pianist and guitarist, two masters now departed with no one to take their place. It's "Just You, Just Me" these speedsmiths declare, but who needs anyone else when Peterson and Pass are on stage?

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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